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July 12, 2004

Save the Constitution today

As the Senate debates the Federal Marriage Amendment to strip rights from gay couples, has launched its United, Not Divided campaign. Click the link to easily send message to your senators, representatived and the President today.

As a reminder, the FMA reads thus:

Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution or the constitution of any state, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.

Not only would this enshrine discrimination into the constitution, this amendment would remove existing rights now available to same-sex partners (as has already happened in Virginia). The "legal incidents" of marriage certainly includes civil unions already available in Vermont and California, and may also include private contracts such as wills and healthcare directives.

Here's my personal message to President Bush:

This amendment is not about protecting the family. This amendment is about making second-class citizens of gays and lesbians in the United States by removing rights from them. As a gay man with constitutionally-denied access to the "legal incidents" of marriage, however they may be offered: federally, at the state level, or through private contract, my partner and I are at risk of financial, legal and emotional hardship with no redress. The only solution would be to leave the United States.

Posted by david at July 12, 2004 11:31 AM | TrackBack
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Yeah... my letter was similar, though more direct on the "getting the hell out" tack. Interestingly, Atrios is reporting that Lynn Cheney opposes the amendment.

Posted by: jay on July 12, 2004 11:48 AM

God forbid two loving people should be given the right to marry...the next thing you know they'll want the right to marry animals. What the hell is happening to our great nation when we can't use the power of the government keep our people down?

Posted by: jamie on July 12, 2004 03:50 PM

Seems like every day is Protect the Constitution day in W's America. We have work to do and lots of it.

Posted by: pam on July 12, 2004 04:41 PM

I touched briefly on two ideas in my response. One, that I don't care what my neighbor does, as long as he or she isn't hurting me or my property (and by the way, God seems to be giving everyone their free will right now). Two, we must rule in favor of equality and liberty for all if we are to expect it for ourselves. What if heterosexual marriage was to be outlawed? "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Posted by: Gary on July 12, 2004 11:14 PM
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